Those living in the Las Vegas Valley will soon be relying exclusively on our heating systems. It is not too far off and as the temperatures begin to drop in the Vegas Valley, the heat will be welcomed inside our homes. When people first activate their heat for the start of the season, more often than not, the locals will often notice a burning smell. The buildup of dust will burn off with the reaction of the heat coils. This is often perfectly normal as the heat strip engages. The smell only lasts a day or two generally. Air Supply Heating and Air Conditioning would like to further elaborate on the peculiar smells that might originate from the heating system.
HVAC Dust Control
In the Vegas desert, it is not unheard of for heating systems can go unused for many months. After sitting idle during our long stretches of warm weather, some elements of your heating system may have buildup a layer of dust. When you turn on your heat for the first time during the fall/winter season, the dust will burn off and emit an odor that circulates through your ductwork and into your home. Dirt and dust that has settled in the air ducts themselves.
Initiating Furnace Heat Strips
Once we are well into the winter months and the system has been use, homeowners likely notice this burning odor if temperatures are especially low or if you’ve adjusted your thermostat more than a few degrees to raise the temperature. The heat strips in your air handler comes on to supplement your system’s attempt to increase the heat. Another common issue is in the heat strip-air handler combination. The dust will burn off when the heat is flipped on as the heat strips can have dust settle on them as well.
Other Causes of Dust Blowing from Vents
In the event you continue to notice a burning smell coming from your heating system beyond your initial use, the culprit may be faulty heater components. Another cause is the debris or objects making contact with the parts of your system that produce your heat. A more serious problem is electrical shorts in your heat pump is the potential to melt wires or insulator.
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A professional should be contacted if you continue to smell the burning odors. Also, if you invest in a tune-up service, much of the dust can be removed during the service, preventing the smell to even occur. If you still need to schedule your seasonal tune-up or if you smell any burning odors after a day or two, call Air Supply Heating and Air Conditioning!